The Case of Cain v. Abel

According to recent polls by Harris Interactive, Americans’ favorite genre is crime fiction and their favorite book is the Bible. I’m sure Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great, 2007) could make a one-liner out of that, but I’ll just posit my suspicion that not everyone who picked the Bible has read it cover to cover.

Here’s the rest of the list:

#1 – The Bible
 
#2 – Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
 
#3 - Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
 
#4 - Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
 
#5 - The Stand, by Stephen King
 
#6 – The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
 
#7 – To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
 
#8 - Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown
 
#9 - Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

#10 - Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

The Harris site has breakdowns by gender, race/ethnicity, generation, political party, region, and education. Interestingly, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all agree on Gone with the Wind as the second-best book.

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About the Author:

Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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